2018 in numbers: the year in retail

January - Retail footfall slipped down by 1.6% across the UK, the worst slide for the month since 2013. The sharpest decline was in Scotland, where footfall tumbled by 4.6%
- Online sales increased 13.9% year-on-year

February - Beast of the East Storm keeps shoppers inside their homes, helping a 13.1% increase of online sales year-on-year.
- With particularly prominent growth, Online health & beauty sales were up by 33.85% year on year for the month.

March - Toys R Us announces closure - out of town retail parks can’t keep up with convenience of online sales

- Tesco completes £3.7 billion acquisition of Booker Wholesale

April - Co-op announces £143m takeover of member-owned groceries wholesaler Nisa.

May - Asda & Sainsubury’s Merger

June - In just the first half of the year 24,205 retailers closed across 3,000 towns, cities, retail parks and shopping centres.

July -   Continued reduction in footfall in brick&mortar retail stores by 2.6%
- Amazon Prime Day sets new record with 100 million products sold in 36 hours

  • Tesco Direct closes down

August - House of Fraser, the upmarket department store group established in 1849 went into administration. Owing £1 billion to creditors.
- Coca-cola buys Costco Coffee for £3.9 billion

September - eCommerce sales jump by 14.6%  year-on-year growth.
- UK total retail sales fell 0.2 percent year-on-year

October - Aldi launches 2 hour grocery delivery in London

November - Alibaba’s Single’s Day breaks record with $30.8 billion in sales in 36 hours

December - National Statistics shows online sales rose by 15.3 per cent over the year and now make up a record high of 18.2 per cent of all retail sales, which is 1 in every £5 spent online.

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